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The sole surviving DuMont Network episode of "Okay Mother", a daytime game show.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Production Company: DuMont Television Network
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black and White
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Game Show; Game Shows; Kinescope; Kinescopes; Retro; Rare;
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Honor Mother
The "honor mother" at the end of this program is soprano Judith Doniger. According to the "New York Times" she guested on "Okay Mother" on July 18, 1950. The upcoming recital she mentioned took place on Oct. 12, 1950. Queer, but it was fun watching.
Subject: A really fun, but cheap, show.
The prizes were real inexpensive. A make-up compact, cigarette lighters and lighter fluid, a Polaroid TV filter, hosiery, a watch, and a combination of sweaters and sheets. No one won the Polaroid camera, which I would guess was the most expensive one. And I didn't hear anyone getting a prize from one of the sponsors.
Subject: What was DuMont is now FOX
Hard to believe this would have led to The Simpsons !!!
When DuMont had went "out of Business" in 1956 this would lead to Metromedia ( Merv Griffin, Wonderama with Bob McAllister, Bobby Sherman and Maury Povich in the 1960s.)
In 1985 Metromedia would be sold to a few broadcast invsestors as of which would led to FOX in 1986 with their first show starring Joan Rivers.
...and the rest they say is now history.
Subject: Sponsor's products
Milk of magnesia toothpaste ? Gee I wonder why that product failed ?
Subject: I Uploaded This
It's believed that almost the entire DuMont Network archive was destroyed after they imploded. So, to see a DuMont Network broadcast is very rare.
UPDATE: Damn, Maybe I should of given a little warning about this program. It is indeed very strange, but that is exactly why you must view it. Plus, this is exactly what "Oprah" will look like in 50 years. Enjoy this vision of the future.
Archive fan -
Subject: This one takes the prize
I've seen a lot of television from the "Golden Age." This one has got to be one of the most low-bugeted, slapdash, and truly bizarre programs I've seen so far. Even for Dumont. That said, it's very enjoyable because it's so strange. I remember Dennis James near the end of his career. He's absolutely manic in this show, like he pumped up with 10 cups of coffee before the on-air light went on. My mom, as a young woman, worked at the Wannamakers store in NYC in the late 40s/early 50s where this stuff was broadcast. She's talked about taking her lunch breaks and seeing some of this live. I'll have to ask her about this truly screwy program.
TG Fan -
Subject: Silly Fun
This show was so bad it's funny, discussing spanking versus not-spanking a child for misconduct - how entertinament has changed. Overall its worth a watch
Subject: All Hail Dennis James!
This is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. I didn't know Dennis James was such a star! I really liked it when he stopped in the middle of his "rhyme" game, to yell at the woman who asked him to rhyme a word with "Edna." Only on live TV, folks! It's too bad there aren't more episodes of this classic! Thanks for uploading this gem!